Overview

Always dreamed of learning French while exploring iconic cities like Paris and Bordeaux?  Now is your chance to experience the culture of France while perfecting your language skills with fellow students from around the world.

Greenheart Travel’s summer language camp We offer two destinations in France:

Both language camp locations give you the opportunity to learn French through full language immersion through structured classes and exciting excursions.

Hear about the experience from Greenheart Travel Alumna, Katie Fetter


ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be between 14 – 17 years old
  • Must have completed at least one year of French language instruction
  • Be in good* mental and physical health
  • Have a genuine interest in learning French and immersing yourself in the culture

Why our alumni loved the program:

The two weeks abroad in Arcachon were incredible and I had a blast completely immersing myself in a different language and culture. I feel like I changed so much from my time in France. It’s such a rewarding feeling– taking the skills we learn in textbooks and utilizing them in the real world. I’m currently in the process of applying for colleges, and I am considering studying abroad in college because of my amazing experiences I had in France this summer.” – Autumn Lee, 2016 Summer Camp France Alumna

Paris Program

The center of French culture and history, Paris is the beautiful capital city in France. This long-running program is one of our most popular teen summer camp destinations! Your days will consist of morning classes, afternoon excursions and evening events at the residence hall. Check out our photo gallery and picture yourself in Paris this summer.

With the Paris destination, all students will enroll in a two-week program starting on July 2nd (arrival on July 1st).

Educational visits and excursions form an important part of the program. An exciting day by day program will be given to the participants upon arrival. Climbing the Eiffel Tower, visiting the most famous touristic places, and spending a full day at Euro Disney are part of this program. Students will also enjoy sports activities as well as evening entertainment!

Please note: Participants are not allowed to go out at night outside unless accompanied by a chaperon.

Sample Itinerary:

What are past participants saying about the program?

“My experience in Paris was one I will never forget. I met some wonderful people from so many different countries who will remain in my heart and mind forever.  I learned about different cultures and I made some of the best friends I will ever have. While challenging, the language classes were a really good way to boost my comprehension of French and I do think that I learned a lot from the classes. I am excited to put what I have learned this summer into practice and show off my new skills.”Katie Fetter, Greenheart Travel alumna and scholarship winner for Summer Language Camp in France

Arcachon Program

A lesser known area of France, Arcachon is no less special than Paris! This coastal city is located about a 1 hour drive from Bordeaux in a beautiful region of the country. If you’re an ocean lover, this is the spot for you! It is a popular vacation destination for French tourists, and is home to some incredible nearby sites. Your days will consist of morning classes, afternoon excursions and evening events with your host family.

You can choose lengths of stay between 2-4 weeks.

Educational visits and excursions form an important part of the program. An exciting day by day program will be given to the participants upon arrival. Climbing the massive Pyla sandune, visiting the nearby castles & ancient ruins, and spending a day on a river cruise are part of this program. Students will also enjoy sports activities and music classes! Each night, you will get to spend time with your local host family fully immersed in French life. This is a great opportunity to learn about what real French people do and how they live!

Please note: Participants are not allowed to go out at night outside the host family home unless accompanied.

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What are past participants saying about the program?

My summer in France was the most memorable summer of all time! Greenheart Travel offered the best experience. The excursions, the morning classes and the overall experience was amazing. The day would start off in the morning with breakfast, then off to class! Class consisted of a small group of international French learners. Afterwards, we would have our daily excursion then the evening with friends or the host family. Overall, great experience! Thank you!” – Ivan Galvan, Summer Language Camp Alumnus with Greenheart Travel

 

Class & School Info

There are 3 different levels — Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced. The levels are sub divided up into two sub levels depending on your linguistic skills. You will be given an admissions test on your first day to evaluate your skills and place you in the proper level.

French Courses

  • 15 morning classes a week (3 classes per day for 50 minutes each)
  • Classes are taught by native French teachers who specialize in teaching French as a foreign language
  • You should take a French/English dictionary, notebook and pencil for class but your school will provide all books and workbooks.
  • Teachers use dynamic, interactive educational methods that integrate the use of magazines, cds, discussions on current affairs, surveys, and presentations
  • Students receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

Paris School Location and Classrooms:

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Arcachon School Location and Classrooms:

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Costs & Dates

For Paris, all students will be enrolled in a two-week program starting on July 2nd (arrival on July 1st). For Arcachon, you can choose between 2 and 4 weeks. If you prefer to enroll in both destinations, you may do 2 weeks in Paris, and then 2, 3 or 4 weeks in Arcachon afterwards.

Exact start dates for summer 2018 will be released by October 2017. 

Participants need arrive in Paris or Bordeaux on between 10:00am and 10:00pm the day before their start date. Participants should depart on the Sunday at the end of their program between 10:00am and 10:00pm.

Program Fees:

  • 2 weeks: $2,700
  • 3 weeks: $3,250
  • 4 weeks: $4,000

Please note: all prices are listed in USD

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation for the entire program
  • 3 meals a day
  • 15 hours of language classes per week
  • Daily Cultural Activities & Excursions
  • Arrival orientation and language level placement test
  • Airport pickup and drop off in France
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Local Coordinator contact

Greenheart Travel also donates a portion of your fee to offset the carbon footprint of your travels.

What’s Not Included:

  • Flight to France
  • Spending money for souvenirs or snacks while in France

Accommodation

All students live with carefully selected local host families near the school – approximately 20 minutes walking distance to the school or public transportation. Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process. Participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected. In order to qualify as a host family, the prospective hosts must:

  • Successfully pass a criminal background check
  • Undergo and pass an in-person interview with program staff
  • Agree to and pass a home inspection

Usually two students will share a room and there can be up to 8 students with one host family depending on the size of the family’s home. They will only share rooms with students of the same sex and will be closely supervised by their hosts.

What have past participants said about their host families?

“I was fortunate enough to live with a wonderful host mom who is one of the most kind people I’ve ever met. In the morning she would always ask if I slept well, wanted to know about my day when we came back from school, she drove my host brother and I to get ice cream and to watch the sun set (which was my favorite memory from this trip). I am still in contact with her and email her regularly.” – Autumn Lee, 2016 Summer Camp France Alumna

 

For Parents

The decision to send your teenager abroad can be difficult and there are a lot of questions to consider. We understand your concerns and the Greenheart Travel staff is there for you every step of the way! We want to make the process of traveling and studying abroad as fun and painless as possible for you and your child. Here are some of the common questions we get from parents as they consider the program:

What does it mean to be in good mental health in the program eligibility requirements?

Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of (High School Abroad/Teen summer Language Camp) candidates.

We cannot accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Debilitating anxiety
  • Eating disorders

If the student’s mental health issue has been resolved (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will ask for a note from his/her relevant practitioner(psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc) as part of the application process.

How much supervision is there?

Students are supervised and chaperoned at all times. Students are never allowed to leave the school grounds or residence without being accompanied by a chaperone.

Should my child fly using an unaccompanied minor service?

Greenheart Travel does not recommend this service because the “additional” services advertised by the airlines are already provided to all travelers and are not worth the money invested by you the traveler. At any time, a student can ask an airlines professional for help finding their gate or for connecting flight information, and paying for this add-on UM service is not necessary. We have sent hundreds of semester abroad students internationally, for whom we book their flights, and we never use unaccompanied minor services. If you would like the peace of mind a UM service provides, Greenheart Travel offers more self-empowering alternatives (such as reviewing airport maps, mapping connections, etc) that we believe teach teenagers relevant life skills about traveling independently.

How many other students will there be and where are they from?

A majority of our students are American between 14-17 years old. However, there are students participating from around the world, so your child will have a cross-cultural setting both in the classroom and out. While the number of students does vary by start date, we like to keep small classes with no more than 12-15 students.

Will my son/daughter be required to speak the language outside of the classroom?

Language practice and immersion are the main priority of this program. While we do not require the students to sign a contact stating they will only speak in the local language, it is highly encouraged that they use their language skills when talking to friends, partaking in the daily excursions and at night in the residence hall or host family home. Program staff and chaperones primarily communicate and answer questions in the local language to encourage this immersion culture.

How will this program improve my child’s foreign language skills?

In a traditional classroom, students may learn language skills; however, they are not forced to practice these skills in real world situations. Through language immersion, your child will both learn the practical language skills in a classroom while also being forced to use them with local, native speakers during the excursions and/or host family experience. Studies show that 4 weeks of a full language immersion experience can be equivalent to a yearlong college language course because of the intensity of use.

Why should I choose Greenheart Travel?

Greenheart Travel provides 24-hour support to you and your child throughout the application, program and alumni processes. We are a small staffed non-profit that is accredited with CSIET, so you know you’ll always be talking to a real person on the other line. We are proud to always be available for your questions and concerns and we always answer our emails and phone calls quickly. We pride ourselves on developing a personal relationship with our participants, and love staying connected with them throughout the experience on social media & email. We offer the personal connection and support that many of our competitors do not.

What is the climate like?

As France lies at the crossroads of Northern and Southern Europe, its climate very much varies from region to region. France has oceanic weather (mild summers and rainy winters) in the Northwest, continental (warm summers and cold winters) in the Northeast and Mediterranean (warm summers and mild winters) in the South. Click here to get current weather information.

What if my son/daughter have an allergy/specific dietary requirement?

We can cater to vegetarian needs quite easily. Any other specific diets should be discussed with us to see if we can arrange to have your needs met.

What happens if my child gets sick while abroad?

They will be covered by mandatory health insurance. You will receive a policy brochure and insurance card via email 2 weeks prior to their departure.

Can they apply with friends?

Absolutely! We are happy to accept friends and groups.

Application Process

Complete the Online Application

 There are 4 short steps in the application process, which are outlined below. The whole process takes about 30 minutes and can be done in stages.

  1. Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. You will fill out the first portion of the application, which asks fo general information about you.
  2. Once you complete part 1, you will be emailed a link to fill out Greenheart Travel’s Terms and conditions. Follow the link and you will read through and sign our policies.
  3. In part three, you will pay a $250 deposit to hold your position in the programs. It is very rare that our volunteer applications are declined, but if you are rejected from the program, you will be refunded the $250. Otherwise, it is applied to your overall program fee.
  4. Now, you will complete a second application that includes more detailed information about yourself (such as education background, interests and experience) and why you would like to learn abroad.

Once you are done with the application, you will need to upload a copy of your passport.

Review your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to confirm your acceptance. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately. 95% of applicants are accepted on the program they apply for.

You’re Accepted – now what?

Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an orientation packet via email, which talks more about your program, as well as supplemental information about dealing with culture shock and our insurance program. We will also schedule a pre-departure orientation to answer any lingering questions you may have.